A 17th-century Christmas at Dyrham Park
Enjoy a 17th-century Christmas in the house this year, alongside our popular deer trail which returns to the park.
We're embracing our 17th-century roots this Christmas as the house offers a glimpse into the christmasses of years gone by.
We have teamed up with the parish church next door, to offer Christmas carol sessions and have welcomed back the popular deer trail outdoors.
Subtle and festive
Sympathetic to how Christmas would've been celebrated in the 17th-century, we don't have Christmas trees and Father Christmas this year - which is more of a Victorian version of Christmas. Instead we have luscious greenery displays and festive scents drifting through the house.
St Peter's Church, which is also decorated with Christmas greenery, will see local choirs performing daily during the first three weekends in December, singing some festive favourites including Christmas carols.
A Christmas wedding
Civil servant William Blathwayt married heiress to the Dyrham estate Mary Wynter on December 23 1686, which enabled him to set to work building Dyrham house as we know it today.
The marriage came about following a short negotiation with the then owner of Dyrham Park and Mary's father, John Wynter. William and Mary met just a handful of times before getting married in St Peter's church. You can learn more about this wedding when you visit the house this Christmas.
As well as having the chance to spot real deer, there will be a wooden deer trail across the park with rustic model deer hiding in all sorts of places - including in the 'Lost terraces'. This self-guided tour provides fun for all the family and gives you a chance to enjoy the park, terraces and garden.
The shop is open daily, with lots of lovely Christmas gifts, cards and edible offerings – including biscuits and shortbread, jams and curds.
The newly-opened stables will host a small 'Frost fayre' every Saturday and Sunday in the run up to Christmas, featuring a small selection of stalls from local arts and craftsfolk - including Christmas decorations, gifts and food and drink.
Dyrham Park is open daily from 10am-4pm until December 23 (last entry at 3pm). The whole site is closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.